Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts is the John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. A former editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service, he is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate in Los Angeles and a columnist for Investor's Business Daily. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists.

He was Distinguished Fellow at the Cato Institute from 1993 to 1996. From 1982 through 1993, he held the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. During 1981-82 he served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. President Reagan and Treasury Secretary Regan credited him with a major role in the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, and he was awarded the Treasury Department's Meritorious Service Award for "his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy." From 1975 to 1978, Dr. Roberts served on the congressional staff where he drafted the Kemp-Roth bill and played a leading role in developing bipartisan support for a supply-side economic policy.

In 1987 the French government recognized him as "the artisan of a renewal in economic science and policy after half a century of state interventionism" and inducted him into the Legion of Honor.

Roberts' latest books are How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds (CounterPunch/AK Press, 2010) and The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution In the Name of Justice, co-authored with IPE Fellow Lawrence Stratton (Three Rivers Press, 2008). Other books are Chile: Two Visions—The Allende-Pinochet Era, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen Araujo (Universidad Nacional Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile, 2000), The Capitalist Revolution in Latin America, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen LaFollette Araujo (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997), The New Colorline: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton (Regnery, 1995), Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, co-authored with Karen LaFollette (Cato Institute, 1990), The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard Univ. Press, 1984), Marx's Theory of Exchange, Alienation and Crisis (1973), and Alienation and the Soviet Economy: The Collapse of the Socialist Era (1971).

Roberts (b. 1939) was educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S.), the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University. He has held numerous academic appointments and has contributed chapters to many books as well as articles to scholarly journals. His writing has also appeared in such publications as Commentary, The Public Interest, The National Interest, Harper's, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, London Times, The Financial Times, TLS, The Spectator, Il Sole 24 Ore, Le Figaro, Liberation, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Roberts has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions. In recent years, he has been openly critical of U.S. government policies.

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